Starvation Mountain Loop
Check with Okanogan National Forest, Methow Ranger District (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5371608) for trail conditions.
Ride season is generally late May to mid-November due to snow. Blowdown may be present in early season and following large windstorms.
This loop makes a great 23 mile loop through forested terrain, much of it near creeks advanced beginner and intermediate riders. Senic views of the Sawtooth Mountains occur in several locations. Much of the ride is on higher terrain above 4,000ft, making for a cool retreat from the heat of the Methow Valley. Start early in hot weather to complete the climb before mid-day.
Snowmelt is typically mid to late May. Beaver Meadow is muddy most of the snow-free season, while the rest of the trails are dry. On the Lightening Creek Trail, there is about 1 mile of sandy trail that can be soft during the summer and early fall. Some walking may be necessary.
The trails are managed by the Okanogan National Forest, Methow Ranger District. The Methow Valley Chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance assists with trail maintenance.